With spring coming up and the flowers blooming, many people are planning to get out more.
Whether you’re making laps in the park or setting off to far-away locations, life is better when you have free movement. Being mobile is akin to being healthy, so the freer we are to travel the healthier we’ll be.
As far as types of exercises, weight lifting and cardio are usually the first ones that come to mind. Mobility exercises are often overlooked and underrated — but they can make a big difference in your quality of life.
While you should consult with your doctor or trainer before beginning any workout plan, the best part about these exercises is they’re DIY in nature — that means once you’ve got the green light to try them, you can do them at home before heading around the block or in the hotel before you set out to walk the beach.
These come by way of Everyday Health, from Karen Asp and Lynn Grieger, RDN, CDCES:
- Arm Circles: With squared shoulders and hips, extend one arm straight out and rotate it. Smaller circles are usually easier to make, but you may want to try larger ones or even try holding your arm straight out as you progress.
- Knee Circles: Lay down facing up, and bring one leg up to your torso. Hold your leg so your knee is facing the ceiling, and rotate it in one direction for several reps, then the other.
- Hitchhiker: Lay down on your stomach, and stretch your arms out, raising your thumbs and trying to lift your arms up as high as possible for a few seconds.
These are just a few of the quick exercises you’ll find on the list. When done carefully, they can provide you with mobility, balance, and confidence to take to the world as spring marches in to meet you.